Clean water and sanitation in the Arab region

ESCWA  Technology Centre
ESCWA Technology Centre ESCWA Technology Centre • 6 March 2022

Although more than two billion people have received improved sanitation in the last 30 years, the decline in the supply of safe drinking water is a significant issue on all continents. Still more than 40% of the world's population suffers from water scarcity.

This is particularly critical for the Arab world, which is the world's most water-scarce region. More than half of the Arab world's water comes from outside the region, making it the most dependent on external sources in the world. The expansion of conflicts in Libya, Yemen, Iraq, and Syria has exacerbated water insecurity. In Syria, for example, 70% of the population lacks regular access to clean drinking water, due to general water shortages as well as infrastructure deterioration.

Learn more about SDG6: Clean Water and Sanitation in the Arab region here.